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How Can I Avoid Temptation

Temptation is part of life. It is not a sin to be tempted, but it’s how we respond to temptation that is important.Matthew 26:41 says, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation” (ESV). When Jesus Christ was tempted in the wilderness, He responded to Satan by quoting Scripture. Be prepared for temptation by learning God’s Word and by praying that you will not give in to tempting thoughts or follow through on tempting actions.Here’s an encouraging verse: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13, ESV).Taking God’s way out might mean fleeing the scene of temptation (1 Timothy 6:11) or staying where you are and resisting it (James 4:7).Get more on overcoming temptation

Confession Of A Female Teenager Part 2

I Still decide to call it LOVE, like the rest of my peers do. I chat with him for long hours and have a smile plastered to my face all through. I laugh out loud in between, and blush sometimes as well. These adults think I have a problem, but hey! the case is the same with many other teenagers like me. This is a proof that I am perfectly fine. In fact, any teenager that doesn't feel this way has a problem. Yes! a problem.
       Whenever I see him, I feel butterflies in my tummy. I really can't explain it. All I know is I just want to hold his hands, hug him tight, look into his eyes, hear him call my name, tell me sweet things and just be around him. Every time I get the chance to do these things, my heart gets to beat twice faster than normal, my legs become shaky, my palms sweaty and blushing comes so easy... Its a cool feeling, I must admit. Many nights, after a pleasurable day with him, all I do is lay down on my bed and smile at sweet memories. So much joy feels my heart…

TODAY'S VERSE

1 Peter 5:7

7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

KJV

Christian Rapper Renounces His Faith in Jesus

Christian rapper Jahaziel denounced Christianity three days before the celebration of Christ's birth.
"A short while ago I turned away from 20 years as a professing Christian. I had a good job with a church organization, a house provided by the church, a large social circle of likeminded people, a career in gospel music, a worldwide fan base, a respected reputation & status within Christian and non Christian circles," Jahaziel wrote on Facebook.
In 2013, the U.K.-based rapper told CrossRhythms he was shying away from fame for the sake of the gospel.
Now, the tables have turned. The man Rapzillacalled one of the most important U.K. artists in the history of Christian hip-hop has not only renounced his faith, he's questioning the foundation Christianity is built on.
In the Facebook post, Jahaziel told followers he cannot believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God.
He later posted a follow-up for those who were questioning his decision.
"You can …

Living in an Increasingly Secular Society: How Taking Religion out of Schools Promotes Ignorance - Dr. Paul Kengor

Another “Holiday Season” is behind us. And every such season, the purge of religion in our public schools just gets worse. In fact, the season now serves to remind us of one thing for certain: the God-purgers are on an unyielding secular crusade that gets more self-righteous ever year. This past season seemed to reach new levels of absurdity. What we’re seeing now is remarkable not only for its vigorous assault against everything religious, but for the apparent willingness by secularists to embrace ignorance and sophistry in the process. They are willing to make their students—whom they’re supposed to educate—dumb about historical reality and to look downright silly in the process. I’ll illustrate with two examples, starting with this past Thanksgiving, the kick-off of the long “Holiday Season.” It was fascinating to observe the new tendency by our educators to frame Thanksgiving Day as about anything but giving thanks to God. I detailed this at length a few weeks ago,…

WOW!!!!! Man Who Entered Church with Gun Intending to Take Lives Gives Life to Christ

On New Year’s Eve, a man entered a church in North Carolina with a gun, intending to commit a terrible crime, but instead he ended up giving his life to Christ. According to Christian Today, pastor Larry Wright who leads Heal the Land Outreach Ministries in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is a retired Army sergeant. When the man came into the church near midnight on New Year’s Eve wielding a gun, Wright was ready to tackle him to prevent any harm coming to the 60 worshippers gathered in the church. However, the man had a change of heart and ended up listening to the rest of Wright’s sermon. Wright took the man’s weapon and handed it to a deacon. “I finished the message, I did the altar call and he stood right up, came up to the altar, and gave his life to Christ,” Wright said. “I came down and prayed with him and we embraced. It was like a father embracing a son.” The unidentified would-be attacker said he had come to the church intending to do harm, but God had spoken …

INDIA: 15 Christians Arrested While Praying

Fifteen Christians were arrested during New Year’s prayers at a church in the Indian state of Karnataka. According to The Christian Post, a radical Hindu mob surrounded the Christians just before they were arrested. They have since been released. Sajan K. George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, said that the Christians are “vulnerable and subjected to harassment and persecution by both extremist as well as authorities, who are responsible for protecting citizens. Clearly, Christians are considered second-class citizens in secular India." AsiaNews first reported that police arrived to arrest the 15 Christians as a way to “protect” them from the mob of Hindu radicals. Police told the Christians they must notify authorities before any prayer services. George said: “(The police) acted against people who were praying in a private place. The police should have only dispersed the mob that had gathered outside the church." There are many reports…

ISIS Attacks Christian Restaurants in Syria, Killing 16

The Islamic State has carried out terrorist attacks in Syria which targeted Assyrian Christian restaurants and took the lives of 16 people. According to CBN news, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for three bombings that hit Christian restaurants in Qamishli in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah. The bombings killed 16 and wounded more than 45 others. Hasakah mourned the victims of the attacks by cancelling its New Year’s Eve celebrations. “We dedicate this evening to prayers for the victims of those attacks," a joint statement by the Assyrian-Syriac Churches of Hasakah province said. "We pray for our region and country amid the bloody war that claims lives of civilians everyday." Father Touni Hannah condemned the attacks and admonished people to avoid gathering in public places so that future attacks might be avoided. “We hope the year 2016 would bring peace to Syria and the region after years of bloodshed," he said.

Largest Statue of Jesus in Africa Unveiled in Nigeria

The largest statue of Jesus in Africa was unveiled on Friday in the country of Nigeria, with hundreds of spectators present. According to Christian Today, the statue is nearly 30 feet tall and weighs 40 tons. It has been named “Jesus de Greatest.”  It was commissioned by a local businessman named Obinna Onunoha who had previously funded the building of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Abajah, Nigeria. The statue was erected on the grounds of St. Aloysius.  When asked why he commissioned the statue Onunoha stated, "Asking why I constructed this statue is like asking how do I came to this world, I am a Christian and a Catholic and Jesus statue represents my faith. I believe we are here on earth for different purposes and each person moves with his/her instincts, and I was motivated to do this to build up the faith of this community." The population of Nigeria is almost evenly split between Christians and Muslims. The terrorist attacks of Muslim extremist group Boko Har…

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CONFESSIONS OF A FEMALE TEENAGER PART 1

I've spent a few years here on earth, and I have observed that everyone wants to be loved by someone. The love you show to yourself is not just enough. Even a toddler wants the love of those around him almost every time. We notice that when a child is ignored by those around him, he starts to cry or do disturbing things just to get the attention of those around him. Also, an aged mother wants the attention of her children. A wife craves for the love of her husband, and a young man find a woman he loves and starts planning marriage with her. Now just so we don't ignore a particular set of people, the TEENAGERS. We also crave for love and care and affection beyond that which our parents or siblings can give. It has also been observed that this kind if attention, adoration, admiration and affection can only come from the opposite sex. At one point in the life if a young boy or girl, he or she begins to get infuriated at every slightest thing and angry anytime he or…

The Essence of a Spirit-Led life

HEBREWS 12:18-29“And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain” (Hebrew 12:27). A shepherd boy, David went to the battle front to see his brothers and to convey his father’s goodwill message to them.On arrival, he saw Goliath, the arch- enemy of his country, terrorizing Israel and mocking their God. He elected to go fight the enemy, and he was decked with all the paraphernalia of war by King Saul. But he couldn’t move. He needed to be free; he requested that all such shakable things must be put out.He went after the enemy with one unshakable thing – undeniable faith in God Almighty. And he was victorious! In our text today, Paul the apostle talks about the willingness of God to shake away every immaterial thing hanging on our lives. God expects us to put on His righteous nature. He does not tolerate double loyalty.In the Christian race, moderation is required from b…

The need for holiness

PSALM 101:1-8Sometimes, people wonder what constitute holy living. “If I say I am holy, what does this mean?” they ask. To some, holiness is a kind of abstract experience which is kind of difficult to grasp or explain. They think it only exists in the heart and in dogma but cannot be translated into everyday living. There are those who completely rule out the possibility of holy living in this present world.Our passage, however, gives us a practical definition and demonstration of holiness. It shows that it is a possibility in the life of every Christian. King David, in our text, made a clear decision backed up by a strong determination to be holy.His holiness affected his associations and relationships. He will have nothing to do in the way of intimate relationship or close association with the ungodly who is wicked, deceitful, slanderous, proud and boastful. He will only keep company and do business with the faithful who walk in a perfect way. In this, he shows that holiness is livi…

PROPHECIES FOR THE YEAR 2016 by Pastor E. A. Adeboye

Fasting:
- God wants us to enjoy the fist 10 days but we will be fasting for 50 days from 11th January till 29th February
- We are to Pray for Nigeria that what God has started He will surely complete it.
- Pray for the Church: Pray for all Churches that worship the true God and Pray for RCCG specially that God will purify His church, so that revival can start.
- Pray for yourself that God should fill you with His anointing so that you can win souls, heal the sick, set captives free and perform Miracles, Signs and Wonders for God.Individual
1. Daddy says some family will trace the beginning of their generational blessing to this year.
2. Some will obtain help from unexpected sources
3. Grateful heart will have more causes to be grateful this year.
4. For many, the pendulum of life is generally on the upward swing now.
5. A chosen few will receive blessing so large they can hardly contain.Nigeria
1. He said things are likely to get tougher before they get better, but things will surely…